MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER reviews the conclusion of ONE MOMENT IN TIME!!!!

SPIDEY’S WEEKLY WEB-UP

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641

ONE MOMENT IN TIME, Chapter 4: SOMETHING BLUE

STORY: Joe Quesada

ART: Paolo Rivera

REVIEW: Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner

Hola, Arachno-philes! Tis I, your favorite Amazing Spider-Fan and local indie horror icon MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER with another installment of the WEEKLY WEB-UP! This week, we’re taking a look at the conclusion of Joe Quesada’s ONE MOMENT IN TIME. In case you missed my first three reviews, here’s some brief thoughts on each… Part One: Better than expected. Part 2: Not bad. Part 3: A mixed bag. And now, Part 4…

So what pissed off so many fans in OMD was the whole “Magic used to alter years of continuity” thing. Made several readers boycott the title, some of whom still do. Pity, they missed an epic two years of instant classic Spidey material, but that’s their loss. Me, I felt the series was in desperate need of a reboot, and while I didn’t agree with the method of getting there, I’m glad some radical changes were made. Anywho, all kinds of people were furious at Quesada over this, and now, on his first work on the title since OMD, what does he give us? The SAME DAMNED THING. With Dr. Strange standing in for Mephisto, basically, although with more altruistic intentions.

What’s been fun about OMIT up until now was that we were mostly looking at events in the past with some new blanks filled in for the first time. These events being Pete and MJ’s wedding day and the shooting of Aunt May. Chapter One was Pete’s POV, Chapter 2 was MJ’s, and Chapter 3 showed us the violence that ensued when Pete outed himself as Spidey. But, now that that’s been undone, how do we explain that everyone forgot Peter was Spider-Man? Simple! Dr. Strange did it.

Ugh. This is just lazy writing. Quesada has painted our favorite hero into a corner and the only way left to explain it is the one thing that turned off so many people with OMD… magic. Hurm. So Strange meets up with Reed Richards and Tony Stark on the astral plane to discuss this massive undertaking in contrived storytelling. Why do Reed and Tony need to be there? Because they’re “mixing science and the arcane in violent and dangerous ways, and…” blah, blah, blah, horseshit.

Quesada gives us overly simplistic explanations of what they’re about to embark upon, but he fails to explain why Strange can’t remove a bullet from Aunt May, but he can go right ahead and wipe the memories of millions of people, which can potentially result in wiping out all of history. Just to make one man’s life easier. Because he represents “the best of us.” That’s why I hate this shit. You drop something like this on the readers, and think it’s enough to toss around words like “anamnesis”, “extremis”, and “digigenetic”, and pretend like this doesn’t raise a million questions that Quesada can’t be bothered to answer.

Well, whatever. It’s over. This story had to happen, and so it did. I’d have been just as happy if this issue never took place, and they just jotted on the opening recap page “Nobody remembers that Peter is Spider-Man anymore because Dr. Strange did a mass memory wipe so villains would stop targeting Peter’s loved ones.” And, behind all the bizarre vocabulary littered throughout, that’s basically all that happens in this issue. Oh, and Peter lets MJ remember that he’s Spider-Man, out of love and respect for her. But that keeps them from ending up together because she can’t live her life in fear that someday, Peter will be unmasked again. If you’re a completeist like me, you’ll get it. If not, I just told you everything you need to know about it.

Now that’s OMIT’s behind us, we can get back to more Spidey brilliance. The next issue kicks off the 6-part, villain-filled ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES. Chapter One came out the same day as this, and I am in love with it already! As for OMIT Part 4…

STORY: C-

ART: Rivera, B. Quesada, B-.

And THAT is THE WORD, so sayeth THE MASTER!!!!!

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  1. JD (Host) says:

    I just did a review on New Avengers 4, and I touched on my dislike for the mystic elements of the Marvel U as well.. I agree with you here…what was the point? I liked finding out how the wedding went down and stuff since then, but the Dr. Strange thing was just the Mephisto thing! But with a mustache!
    Weird.

    Though, what were you expecting? What else could it have been, besides MAGIC? Would you have felt better if it was some SCIENCE that did it? Made-up science in comics is the exact same as magic, you know? Is there another option? What would have made you happy, out of curiosity?

  2. Mark Mackner says:

    No, made-up science wouldn’t have made it any better. Like I said in the review, there really wasn’t another way to explain it at this point. So, yeah, this was expected, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. On the bright side, #642 came out the same day, and that was awesome! I’ll post that review soon!

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